HEAT WAVE: Here’s where you can stay cool in the deadly heat this weekend

A list of Salem-area cooling centers published by ARCHES.

As a heat wave rolls through Salem this weekend, it’s important to stay hydrated, cool and out of the sun.

People can visit one of the city’s splash pads or jump in the river to escape the oppressive heat, expected to rise up to 108 degrees by Sunday.

It’s important not to leave your children or pets in the car. Emergency managers recommended pulling your blinds or shades closed and checking on your vulnerable neighbors.

Local governments and nonprofit agencies have put together a list of cooling centers around the county for those who don’t have access to air conditioning.

Marion County is also operating a call center from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday through Monday, for people who have questions or need help to cope with the heat wave. Call (503) 391-7294. Oregonians can also call 211 for state information about the heat wave.

Here’s a list of places to cool off as of Saturday morning: 


Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency

615 Commercial St. N.E. 

Hours: Saturday and Sunday from 12-6 p.m., Monday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Additional days/hours may be added if needed. 

Covid protocols including health screenings and masks required. 

Hydration center will be available outside the building as well.  

HOME Youth Services

625 Union St. N.E.

Hours: Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 12-7 p.m.

Inside Out Ministries

1900 Front St. N.E.

Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 1-8 p.m.

Salem Evangelical Church

455 Locust St. N.E.

Hours: Saturday and Sunday 1-7 p.m. 

Church at the Park

2410 Turner Rd. S.E.

Hours: Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Salem First Presbyterian Church

770 Chemeketa St. NE

Hours: Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m.-6 p.m.

Recovery Outreach Community Center

2555 Silverton Road N.E.

Hours: Saturday, Sunday, Monday, 12-8 p.m.


St. Edward Catholic Church 

5303 River Road N.E.

Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  


Emmanual Lutheran

303 N Church St., Silverton

Hours: 12-8 p.m.

St. Paul Catholic Church

1410 Pine St., Silverton

Hours: Saturday 1-5 p.m. and Sunday 3-5 p.m. 


Stayton Community Center

400 W Virginia St., Stayton

Hours: Saturday and Sunday 1-9 p.m. 


Neighbors Serving Unsheltered Neighbors

1560 Hardcastle Ave., Woodburn

Hours: Saturday, Sunday, and Monday 12-8 p.m. 

Woodburn Foursquare Church

1175 E Lincoln, Woodburn

Hours: Saturday, Sunday, and Monday 12-8 p.m. 

Woodburn Library

280 Garfield St., Woodburn

Hours: Saturday, Sunday, and Monday 12-8 p.m.


Dallas Public Library

150 Main St.

Hours: Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Independence Public Library

175 Monmouth St.

Hours: Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Monmouth Public Library

168 Ecols St.

Hours: Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Gate Youth Association

1501 Monmouth St.

Hours: Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Monmouth Christian Church

959 Church St. W

Hours: Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Falls City Community Center

320 North Main St.

Hours: Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.


Here’s a list of splash pads around Salem:

Englewood Park, 1260 19th St. N.E., 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Fairmount Park, 650 Rural St. S.,12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Northgate Park, 3575 Fairhaven Ave. N.E, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Riverfront Park, 200 Water St. N.E. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

River Road Park, 3045 River Rd. N.,10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Wes Bennett Park, 2200 Baxter Rd. S.E., 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

West Salem Park, 265, Rosemont Ave. N.W., 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This article was updated at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 26 to add additional sites.

Contact reporter Saphara Harrell at 503-549-6250, [email protected]

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